March 2008

Bonus Report: Heat Transfer Developments

How to select the best reboiler for your processing operation

Guidelines streamline choosing a heat exchanger to maximize process efficiencies

Tammami, B., Fluor Corp.

Reboilers are used throughout refineries and are critical to reliable plant operation. They generate vapor, which drives fractional distillation separation. In traditional fractional distillation services, all vapor driving separation comes from the reboiler. Therefore, proper reboiler operation is vital to effective distillation. The most critical element of reboiler design is selecting the proper type. Heat-transfer equipment, including stab-ins, plate-fins and spiral-plate, can be used for specific services. But the most common type used is the shell-and-tube reboiler. Several examples review the characteristics of various shell-and-tube reboiler designs and examine selection criteria f

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